CJ Greaves locks up PRO 2WD title with one race to go in 2016 TORC Series championship
Saturday racing on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway saw CJ Greaves take a win to lock up his third-straight PRO 2WD title, with one race still to go in the 2016 season of TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL.
Scott Douglas won Saturday’s PRO 4WD race, while Kyle Kleiman earned his fourth-straight Atturo Tire PRO Light win. And two more championships are still up for grabs as the TORC Series now heads to Crandon, Wisconsin, for its grand finale on Labor Day weekend.
Scott Douglas wins PRO 4WD at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (CREDIT: TORC Series)
In a chaotic PRO 4WD race that saw multiple reversals of fortune, Scott Douglas took his second victory of the season while CJ Greaves suffered a rare mechanical failure and came up short in his bid to clinch the PRO 4WD title early. Kent Brascho took runner-up honors on Saturday, and Johnny Greaves placed third.
The points battle between father and son closes to only six markers as the series heads into the final race of the year in just two weeks.
Douglas gave the victory everything he had, managing a cascade of mechanical failures as the race closed in on its final laps. “The AMSOIL truck was just awesome,” said Douglas. “It’s crazy! There’s no second gear, there’s no front diff left, and the clutch is all but gone… The last three laps were just nerve-wracking because I knew we were bad fast, but things just started breaking.”
Mike Jenkins had the truck to beat in the first half, taking the holeshot and holding strong out front. Douglas was firmly in second as both Greaves trucks powered through the field to close the gap.
The elder Greaves briefly took the lead, but spun after a clash with Jenkins. Mechanical trouble struck CJ Greaves, and he limped through the remaining laps and ultimately finished sixth.
Douglas maintained a safe lead over Brascho and Mark Kvamme as they battled for second. Jenkins eventually retired from the race with a mechanical issue and Douglas, Brascho, and Kvamme crossed the line one-two-three. But, in the end, officials issued Kvamme a penalty for an illegal move on course and Johnny Greaves moved up to claim the third spot on the podium.
PRO 4WD Results:
- Scott Douglas
- Kent Brascho
- Johnny Greaves
- Mark Kvamme
- Ross Hoek
- CJ Greaves
- Chad Hord
- Mike Jenkins
- Larry Pegram
CJ Greaves locked up the PRO 2WD title with a win in Charlotte on Saturday. (CREDIT: TORC Series)
CJ Greaves locked up his third TORC Series PRO 2WD title with a win Saturday night. He has earned eight victories in 12 races this season and the win in Charlotte secured his championship over closest rival Keegan Kincaid.
“It’s just unreal, three years in a row!” he said. “I couldn’t do it without all my team. Everyone who helps us out, everyone who is there every weekend, I really appreciate it. We couldn’t do it without all you guys!”
Greaves had to earn it, with class newcomer Kyle Hart in the lead for all of the first half. Kincaid, who had to finish within one position of Greaves to stay in title contention, was close behind in third.
Hart battled hard to maintain the lead after the restart but Greaves was able to get past him. Kincaid made contact with a tire barrier going into the second rhythm section, effectively ending his title hopes for another year.
After the race, a jubilant Greaves tipped his hat to Hart. “Kyle and I had our differences in the first race of the year, but my hat’s off to him,” he said. “He ran a great race and ran me clean the whole race, I couldn’t ask for anything better. It was a blast! I saw him peeking inside of me in all the corners and every little mistake I would make, he would be right there again.”
PRO 2WD Results:
- CJ Greaves
- Kyle Hart
- Keegan Kincaid
- Brad Lovell
- Arie Luyendyk Jr.
- Rodney Van Eperen
- Mike Jenkins
Kyle Kleiman earns his fourth-straight win in the Atturo Tire PRO Light class. (CREDIT: TORC Series)
Atturo Tire PRO Light
Kyle Kleiman earned his fourth-straight win Saturday night, while Andrew Carlson finished second and Cody Kleiman rounded out the podium, in third.
With one race to go, Kyle Hart is now just one point shy of the championship title. If he crosses the start line at the season finale in two weeks, he will win the Atturo Tire PRO Light crown.
The race for the win was physical, with Travis Dinsmore and Shawn Morris making heavy contact early on. Luke Johnson was the early leader but a bobble in the rhythm section put him second to Carlson, who took the lead to the mandatory caution.
Kleiman blasted past Johnson on the restart. Carlson took the lead with Kleiman on his tail to the final stretch of the final lap when a misstep from Carlson gave Kleiman his opportunity to take the win. Cody Kleiman, Kyle Kleiman’s brother, finished third for his first-ever PRO Light podium.
Atturo Tire PRO Light Results:
- Kyle Kleiman
- Andrew Carlson
- Cody Kleiman
- Luke Johnson
- Casey Currie
- Bobby Runyan Jr.
- Cam Reimers
- Kyle Hart
- Ben Roper
- Shawn Morris
- Jessie Johnson
- Travis Dinsmore
In Stadium SUPER Truck racing, which supported the series this weekend, Sheldon Creed earned the win. TORC veterans Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Jessie Johnson finished second and third.
The TORC Series season wraps up in two weeks at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway Sept. 2-5 at the Keys to the Big House, featuring full points races in the three PRO classes and the UTVs, as well as a special Crandon race day. For more information, visit TORCSeries.com.
Live and on demand HD digital broadcasts of each round of the 2016 TORC Series are available, free of charge, at www.torcseries.com. Tape-delayed television programming of championship racing also airs on FS2, with exciting 90-minute shows slated for Thursday nights in primetime.
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